Thursday, March 22, 2012
I subscribe to Livestrong.com and their editor's blog. Today I had an email titled "The 4 Pillars of Good Health." Thinking to myself, oh yea lots of water, sleep, exercise and good food, I clicked on the link to read more. I was pleasantly surprised and thought I'd post the link here. It is a refreshing approach to healthy living. Enjoy
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
As previously posted, I've been juggling a lot on my plate for several months, and the result is a 15 pound gain and feeling overwhelmed.
Yesterday as I drove to work, I was marveling at how much exercise I've been doing during this difficult time and giving myself a pat on the back. Side note here, that night I had 8.5 hours of sleep. Obvious correleation with what happened next.
And then the moment happened... I fully realized that a thin and fit body is mine if and when I return to eating for health and not emotion. Yes, a thin and fit body is in my control. It's my choice, my work, and my reward.
I dusted off my mental image of sexy jeans and moved it to the center of my frontal lobe smack where I do my thinking and reasoning. The result is two days of controlled purposeful eating. I like that. I think I'll stick with it!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A little louder and a little bit worse or at least thatís how I remember the song going.
For me, itís been same song 2nd verse a little bit harder, a little bit worse.
Staring with my sonís birthday the day before Thanksgiving, my eating has been healthy, but too high in calories with frequent impulse/emotional eating. I can identify the whys and how comes, but ultimately must admit I havenít coped as well as I would have liked. The result is a 15 pound gain over the last three months. Yes, I had a lot on my plate and still do. I worked two jobs while I transitioned to a new full-time position, and I am enrolled in an online degree program, and my daughterís marriage is falling apart so to reduce my granddaughterís stress Iíve had her every weekend and many more days. My day begins with 1.5 hours at the gym and continues with a 30 mile commute, an 8 hour day and finishes with a 2-4 hour study period. To say I am busy is an understatement. While I know the value of a good nightís rest, and have preached it over and over, I found myself in a situation where sleep was something I could give up. I didnít count on it going on for so long.
Iím good at driving myself. Too good! I almost forgot how necessary and down right good it feels to simply stop and breathe. Iím working to incorporate a bit of breathing into every day. I can hear you laughing as you read that. Remember I said I am very good at driving myself, but not so good at relaxing and breathing. I am currently taking about 15 minutes daily for pleasure. Whether that is Sparking or cleaning my bike or house, it is non-driven and relaxing to accomplish some of those types of pleasurable activities. I know it. I need it. Iím working on it.
As for the weight, ug, I am going to get it down. I feel very overwhelmed and Iím not sure how to recapture that in control feeling. I am practicing healthy self-talk, and my sleep deficit is evening out, but I still feel a bit out of sorts emotionally and that tends to lead me to emotional eating. Drats it is so hard to stop that act.
On the flip side, my fitness is soaring. Yes soaring. I am strong on the bike and getting stronger every week. And, drum roll please, a long awaited wish has come true. I have connected with other female cyclists and we are riding together weekly. Our goal is the Seattle to Portland (STP) in July. We expect to ride the 200 miles in a day. Woo Hoo! It is so much fun to ride with others.
Most of us who Spark very long come to accept that healthy living is a work in progress and you never really arrive. I accept that. While I donít like the 15 pounds, I know they will come off as my miles build and my life settles. Iíve learned with 50 years of living that there are ups and downs. The ups come without fail just like the downs do. Knowing that the rough times will end makes all the difference.
My ďfreeĒ time is up. I need to hit the books before I leave for work. Thanks to all who have continued to be my friend while I was silent. I cherish you and think about each of you often. Be kind to yourself and never ever give up.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
I subscribe to SP's Healthy Reflections emails and this was in my inbox yesterday:
Who is standing in your way?
Imagine someone regularly tying small weights around your ankles as you try to climb a mountain. Doesn't sound fair, does it? But that's exactly what you can do to yourself, a little bit at a time, if you don't watch out. When you think of who and what is standing in the way of your dreams, it's easy to forget your own responsibility. Even the best of us can be guilty of unknowingly hurting our own progress. Procrastination, lateness, being disorganized, pessimism, not being honest with yourself, severe self-criticism, downplaying achievements, focusing only on weaknesses while ignoring strengths, keeping goals a secret, demanding perfection, giving up after a small setback--these are all ways you can make it tough to be (and do) your best. Smart systems, the right attitude, and a promise to keep going no matter what will make a world of difference.
In the beginning of my journey to healthy living I participated in a motivational program by Steve Seibold, and I picked up a very helpful piece of advice:
Take responsibility for my success.
I've found it to be very helpful and a great platform to build my accomplishments upon.
I can ride whatever bike ride I want to IF I responsibly train for it.
I can weigh light IF I take responsbibility for eating well which means planning, prepping and chosing wisely.
I can find a job I love IF I put out the resumes and make the follow-up calls and send the thank you letters...
I loved the Healthy Reflections piece. It was on target and a good reminder. I move so lightly now I don't want that feeling of dragging myself from here to there. No sand bags of procrastination, self-criticism, lack of planning, unrealistic expectations for me!
Bye now, I've got to get back to climbing my mountain! Oh, and Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Just wanted to wish everyone a quick Merry Christmas!
This is a tough time of year for me, and I'm working lots mostly by choice, but I'm still really tired. I'm so glad the holiday is here and almost done. So many emotions for this family that it tends to be overwhelmingly sad. The great news is that once it's done there is just one week and we have another new year full of expectation, hope, plans and successes just waiting to happen.
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